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Jacobs student Natalie Williams pronounced “Iron Composer”


Nov. 16, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Natalie Williams, doctoral fellow and associate instructor in composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, took first place in the Analog Arts "Iron Composer" competition at Baldwin-Wallace College, Ohio, Oct. 22. She was selected as a finalist from a nationwide call for scores and competed alongside four other accomplished composers from across the country.

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Run in the same manner as the popular Iron Chef television program on the Food Network, the competitors were supplied with the secret musical ingredient of "sticks and stones" and asked to write a piece for flute, cello and percussion.

Each composer was given only five hours to compose, notate and produce a piece incorporating the secret ingredient, followed by a 30-minute rehearsal with the performers.

Williams, who came to the Jacobs School from Adelaide, Australia, was crowned as the winner at a concert given at Baldwin-Wallace broadcast live by WCLV. The award included a cash prize and the title of "Iron Composer" for 2010.

"I credit the excellence of the training at the Jacobs School for this win," said Williams. "My studies here have provided me with the skills to compete in a high-pressure competition such as this."

Additionally, her "Five Bagatelles for Piano Solo" was recently awarded second place in the Plathner's Eleven Composition Competition in Hannover, Germany. Her piece "Onericic," along with "Five Bagatelles for Piano Solo" will be performed in Germany during 2011.

About Natalie Williams

Natalie Williams completed a master's degree in composition at the University of Melbourne in 2002 and holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Musicology from the University of Adelaide (Elder Conservatorium), graduating with first-class honours in 1998. She has studied with composers Claude Baker, Don Freund, Robert Beaser, Brenton Broadstock, Aaron Travers and Graeme Koehne.

Further academic training was completed in September 2010 at the Society for Music Analysis Summer School in Durham (UK). She also studied composition in July 2007 at the European American Musical Alliance summer school at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris.

Her works have been commissioned and performed by Australian and international ensembles, including the Adelaide, Melbourne & West Australian Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Sydney Youth Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Song Company, the Zephyr String Quartet, Adelaide Youth Orchestra, the Cameo Trio, Melbourne University Orchestra, Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Fiorini Trio (UK), Syntony and the Brenton Langbein String Quartet. Her output includes music for film, theatre, chamber and orchestral genres.

Williams is a fully represented composer at the Australian Music Centre, a member of the American Composers Forum and the Australasian Performing Rights Association. She has worked in arts administration, at the Australian National Academy of Music and on the management team of Orchestra Victoria.